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Do hard plastic insoles cause more damage to the plantar fascia?

Asked 3 years ago

Today I met an orthopedic doctor sitting next to my husband and me at a restaurant, and I decided to ask him his thoughts on PF treatments. He then asked me what my insoles were made of, and I told him it was hard plastic. He proceeded to tell me that hard insoles aren't good because they cause more damage to the plantar fascia. Has anyone ever heard something like this? I thought hard insoles were what you're supposed to wear. Anyone have a good soft insole they recommend? Maybe it's worth a try. Thanks!


Sadie Pena

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I have never heard such a thing because it is supposed to heal your pain and it might depend on a lot of factors. Hard insoles don't do more damage to the plantar fascia, but soft ones are comparatively more effective and more comfortable to wear. But hard insoles are sturdy, so it is not always easy to wear them.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

It boils down to exactly what you need. While hard insoles are great for support and control, soft insoles offer support and flexibility. In the case of plantar fasciitis, we recommend a semi-rigid orthotic that combines the effect of the hard insole with the advantage of the soft insole.


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